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Geforce GTX 690 vs Geforce GTX 770

Intro

The Geforce GTX 690 comes with a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 770, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1046 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1753 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 770 230 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 690 should be quite a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 770 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 770 224384 MB/sec
Difference: 160128 (71%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 will be much (about 75%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Geforce GTX 770. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 770 133888 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 100352 (75%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is a lot (approximately 75%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Geforce GTX 770, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 770 33472 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25088 (75%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

Geforce GTX 690

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Geforce GTX 770

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 690 Geforce GTX 770
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2012 May 2013
Code Name GK104 GK104
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 1046 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (x2) 1046 MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) (x2) 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 1536
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 230 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 224384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 133888 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 33472 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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